Preservation plan inches ahead, despite outcry from highlands residents

August 17, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 17, 2010

Despite opposition from Issaquah Highlands residents, City Council members decided Monday night to take steps to add more residences to the community and breathe life into the moribund effort to bring businesses to the hillside neighborhood.

City leaders intend to allow up to 550 more residences in the highlands in order to preserve 102 forested acres on Tiger Mountain near Issaquah High School. The deal, a complicated transfer of development rights, aims to preserve about 140 forested acres — the Park Pointe land and another 43 acres adjacent to the highlands.

The council OK’d the measures in a unanimous decision after members offered a forceful defense of the plan to preserve Park Pointe.

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Business News

August 10, 2010

Ben & Jerry’s opening soon

Mark Mullet, owner of Zeeks Pizza, now plans to bring a taste of Vermont to the Issaquah Highlands. The city councilman will open a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop next month.

The local branch of the eco-conscious company famous for punny flavors — Cherry Garcia, anyone? — and social activism will open near Caffe Ladro, inside a former home sales center about mid-September. Plans call for about 40 seats spread across 1,300 square feet.

“I think Ben & Jerry’s and Issaquah are a natural fit,” he said.

Before Mullet can start serving scoops of Chubby Hubby and Chunky Monkey, he had to attend Scoop University, the training facility for franchisees in Vermont. There, the former bank executive learned to mix milkshakes and shape waffle cones.

The biggest challenge for Mullet: cursive writing. He said another employee should handle the frosting messages atop ice cream cakes. Read more

Ben & Jerry’s to start dishing up scoops in the highlands next month

August 9, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 9, 2010

Mark Mullet hopes to bring a taste of Vermont to the Issaquah Highlands. The city councilman plans to open a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in the neighborhood next month.

Mullet plans to open the local branch of the eco-conscious company famous for punny flavors — Cherry Garcia, anyone? — and social activism near Caffe Ladro, inside a former home sales center. He hopes to open the shop in mid-September. Plans call for about 40 seats spread across 1,300 square feet.

“I think Ben & Jerry’s and Issaquah are a natural fit,” he said.

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Issaquah musician Dan Connolly launches concert series

August 5, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 5, 2010

Mellow Issaquah musician Dan Connolly headlines a concert series at a Redmond theater, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

For the sets at SecondStory Repertory at Redmond Town Center, the Navy-diver-turned-musician plans to draw from a growing catalog he has sharpened during regular performances at Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands.

Connolly has been described as a Celtic-infused amalgam of Jack Johnson, John Mayer and Dave Matthews.

For the Redmond performance, Connolly will deliver a primarily acoustic set, but he also has a high-tech trick up his sleeve.

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Trivia Night comes to Zeeks Pizza

July 20, 2010

The popular Trivia Night launched last year by the municipal Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange returns July 26.

Proceeds from the event will be used for programs that will further strengthen the relationship between Issaquah and sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Sister Cities Commission members work to promote international goodwill and understanding through people-to-people diplomacy, education and cultural exchanges.

Trivia Night will be hosted at Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive, in the Issaquah Highlands. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Trivia Night teams will match wits for fun and prizes. The entry fee is $20 for each team of up to four people. Participants should arrive early in order to secure a table.

There is no pre-registration for the event, and Zeeks will remain open during Trivia Night.

Enjoy free slices at Zeeks Pizza from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 16, 2010

NEW — 10:30 a.m. June 16, 2010

Grab a free slice at Zeeks Pizza as the pizzeria celebrates a year in Issaquah.

Stop at the Issaquah Highlands eatery, at 2525 N.E. Park Drive, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday to say happy anniversary — and receive a free slice.

Proprietor Mark Mullet — a city councilman by night — came up with the deal as a way to thank the community for the support the restaurant has received during the last 12 months.

Just before the restaurant opened last June, Mullet said he dined at the Belltown restaurant with his family on a trip to the Pacific Science Center and left inspired to open a Zeeks in the highlands.

The area chain includes five Seattle restaurants, as well as Bellevue and Kirkland pizzerias.

Join Carnation farmer in discussion about homegrown produce

May 24, 2010

NEW — 4:15 p.m. May 24, 2010

Learn about homegrown wares raised in Eastside soil Monday night.

Erick Haakenson, owner of Jubilee Biodynamic Farm in Carnation, will talk about traditional farming methods at Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive. The discussion starts at 7:30 p.m.

“I don’t think most people in Issaquah realize that one of the best places in America for local sustainable farming is the Carnation Valley,” Haakenson wrote in a post last week on the farm website. “If you are curious to know the difference between a local sustainable farm and a large industrial farm, we invite you to come and listen to Erick next Monday night — it could change your life (I’m not exaggerating).”

Haakenson and his wife, Wendy, grow organic fruits and vegetables, as well as grass-fed beef.

City Council sets parks, transportation among 2011 goals

May 4, 2010

City Council members outlined goals for parks, technology, economic development and transportation to be accomplished next year. The council eschewed broad policy goals and recommended specific projects.

Members culled 62 suggestions into a handful of rough goals. Municipal staffers will then hone the list into a final stack of goals for the council to approve next month.

The council gathered in a Public Works Operations Building conference room May 1 for the daylong discussion to set goals for 2011.

Council President John Traeger encouraged members to offer multiple suggestions.

“There are no bad ideas, and no goal is too big or too small,” he said.

The retreat included initial discussion about the upcoming budget. City department chiefs use the goals set by the council to formulate budgets for the upcoming year.

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Help ‘Raise the Dough’ for Seattle Children’s

February 16, 2010

Hope on the Hill Guild for Seattle Children’s is organizing its first fundraiser Feb. 23 at Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands. Twenty percent of the net profit made during business hours (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.) will go toward supporting uncompensated care, so all children receive medical treatment, regardless of their ability to pay. Read more

Dan Connolly to perform regularly at Zeeks Pizza

January 26, 2010

Dan Connolly performs a set at Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands. By Kathleen R. Merrill

Issaquah residents have another place to hear live music in the city, and they’ll get an excellent performance from local musician Dan Connolly.

The talented guitarist is playing from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive.

Not only will those in attendance get to hear soulful renditions of Connolly’s tunes from his album “Running Under Water,” they’ll also get hand-clapping, foot-stomping fun in the form of Irish drinking songs.

Many people at Zeeks last week had heard Connolly’s album and were calling out requests for songs from it. Read more

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